By David Grening, Daily Racing Form — Making official what had pretty much been anticipated since last September, the 2024 Belmont Stakes will be run at Saratoga and shortened to 1 1/4 miles, it was announced Wednesday. Also, the purse of the Belmont has been bumped to $2 million from $1.5 million.
The Belmont, the third leg of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, will be run June 8, the third of four days, June 6-9, of what is being billed as the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. There will be 23 stakes races, totaling $9.7 million held over the four days.
The official announcement of the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga came via press release from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who called the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga “a win for horse racing and for the Capital Region to have the excitement and the ability to host the four-day Festival in June at America’s most historic track,” Hochul said in a release. “As I said during the 2023 Saratoga meet, ‘let’s do it.’ “
Moving the Belmont Stakes to Saratoga in 2024 — and likely, though, unofficially, in 2025 as well — became necessary due to the massive construction project taking place at Belmont Park, which includes renovations of both turf courses, the main track, and the installation of a synthetic surface. Thus far, the two turf courses have been ripped up and part of the base of the synthetic surface has been laid down.
story originally appeared in Daily Racing Form